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The Gathering Ireland 2013 - County Gathering of the Year

Local Authority Name:  Cork City Council and Cork County Council

Project Name: Cork Rebel Week 2013

Project Description:
Cork Rebel Week 2013 is a joint Cork City and County Council initiative taking place between the 14th and the 20st  October, 2013. It will be a week-long celebration of “all things Cork" with a specific focus on bringing International visitors and family home to Cork County and Cork City throughout the week. The concept surrounding Rebel Week will embrace the imagination of Corkonians living locally, nationally and internationally, with the strong potential of Rebel Week becoming a new annual event in the National Events Calendar.

Local Authority Name:    Galway County Council

Project Name:    Aer Lingus Etihad International Hurling Festival  

Project Description:  
At the ‘International Hurling Festival’ 16 teams from all over the world competed in Galway from the 19th to the 21st of September. The teams played preliminary matches in Gort, Loughrea, Ballinasloe and Galway West (Salthill). Aer Lingus and Etihad Airways were flying in 16 teams from all over the world to participate in the hurling festiva. Teams were coming from North America, Europe, Argentina, the Middle East and Australia. Initial group stages of the competition took place in four locations around County Galway, before players and supports converged on Galway City for the exciting final matches. Generations of Irish emigrants have helped spread hurling internationally, most notably to the US.

Local Authority Name:    Kilkenny Local Authorities

Project Name:    Kilkenny Tradfest

Project Description:  
This was a new festival event for the local economy where a voluntary committee welcomed people from all over the world back home. Tradfest had a truly international flavor, hosting six Ambassadors, representation from four other embassies and Mayors from France and the US. The all American Purdue band delivered 500+ marchers, 266 instruments and one 90 year old bass drum. The event engaged local business, public bodies and sponsors in a vibrant traditional festival that attracted thousands from overseas as well as capturing the younger generations to music and dance workshops. A tangible legacy has been created.

Local Authority Name:    Limerick City and County Council

Project Name:    Limerick International Fashion & Design Festival

Project Description:  
Limerick International Fashion & Design Festival, ran from the 29th of October to November the 2nd. The centerpiece event was the International Fashion Student Awards 2013 held on the 31st of October, which took place in the former Franciscan Church, Henry Street, Limerick. The evening consisted of a runway fashion show and awards ceremony showcasing the designs of the competing student designers from colleges and universities from Britain, Ireland and across Europe. Other highlights of the week included a Sybil Connolly Exhibition at the Hunt Museum, ‘Limerick Style’ a morning coffee fashion presentation promoting Limerick as a desirable shopping destination and ‘Fashion Fusion’, a gala dinner and fashion show showcasing the best of Irish and International designer collections at the iconic venue of Thomond Park.

Local Authority Name:    Mayo County Council; Manchester County Council

Project Name:    Manchester Mayo Gathering incorporating the Attymass & North Mayo Gathering

Project Description:  
The Manchester Mayo Gathering project in North Mayo was a collaboration between the Manchester Mayo Tourism and Business Group and Tourism groups in North Mayo. Jack Charlton, Mary Robinson, Keith Duffy, the Lord of the Dance – James Keegan and UK and Irish government officials all lent their support to the initiative.
An estimated 100,000 visitors attended the event which incorporated the Mayo North Gathering and events in rural parishes like Bonniconlon and Attymass. It generated one million euros worth of business in for the local tourism economy, with some venues reporting a 75% increase in bar profits. A further million euros worth of media exposure was generated in its worldwide press and marketing campaign, with its social media campaign being three times the size of its nearest rival. The Gathering hosted just over 100 events featuring Agriculture, Clan Gatherings, Business, Culture, Dance, Heritage, Music and Sport.

Local Authority Name:    Mayo County Council

Project Name:    IN HUMBERTS FOOTSTEPS

Project Description:  
IN HUMBERT’S FOOTSTEPS was a Gathering for County Mayo: a four day family-centred festival consisting of historical re-enactments/performances on the streets of Killala and Castlebar and in the waters of Killala Bay with events including music, carnival and spectacle.
IN HUMBERT’S FOOTSTEPS was the promotion of Mayo, an important period of Ireland’s history, a revolutionary movement in France that was internationally significant and which has universal and fraternal reach. The Gathering sought to resurrect and elucidate public interest in this part of Mayo history.

Local Authority Name:    New Ross Town Council ***WINNER***

Project Name:    JFK50 - The Homecoming

Project Description:  
The JFK50 Homecoming Event on June 22nd 2013 celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the visit of President Kennedy to the town of his forefathers. New Ross Town Council lightened the Kennedy Torch at Arlington Cemetery and transferred it to the new Emigrant Flame at the quayside in New Ross. The event produced a four-hour show on the main stage in New Ross. The event was embraced by the late President’s family who arrived in great numbers and participated in the whole event.

Local Authority Name:    Wicklow County Council

Project Name:    The Hollywood Fair

Project Description:  
The Hollywood Fair was a Community run festival taking place over 5 days in August. The dates for the Hollywood Fair in 2013 were 14th August – 18th August.  It was themed on pre-1950’s rural life in Ireland, when people had to be self-reliant.  The objective was to showcase what life in Hollywood was like back in the pre-1950’s.  Among the highlights were a sheep fair, period food stalls, céilí house and dancing at the crossroads, forge & horse shoeing exhibition, steam engines, craft stalls, history enactments (The Great Famine being enacted in 2013), open air traditional music, sheepdog trials and the cooking of col-cannon, to name just a few.  

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